YEAR:  2003

ROLE:  Sheriff Jack Kolb

DIRECTOR:  Michael Haussman

US PREMIERE:  March 16, 2004

 
Plot Summary

A man with no memory struggles to make sense of the troubling details that are still stuck in his mind in this psychological thriller. Frank (Kilmer) wakes up in a small town in the New Mexico desert with a severe head wound and most of his memory wiped away. However, Frank is somehow convinced that someone is planning to assassinate the President of the United States, and that Chloe (Campbell), the woman who is claiming to be his girlfriend, is some sort of imposter. When Frank learns that the president is indeed passing through town that day, he tries to warn Sheriff Kolb (Shepard) that something sinister is afoot; as it happens, Kolb believes him, though he's more than a bit busy dealing with a hard-fought election campaign against former Deputy Cash (Willingham).

 
Film Details
Val KILMER..................Frank Cavanaugh
Neve CAMPBELL.............Chloe Richards
Noble WILLINGHAM....Sheriff Shirl Cash
Amy SMART.......................Liz Culpepper
Gil BELLOWS....... Dr. Theodore Conway
Screenplay...................Steve Tomlin and F. Paul Benz
Cinematography...................Max Malkin
Length...................................99 minutes
DVD release.................March 29, 2005
 
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Production Notes

Principal photography took place in the winter of 2003 in New Mexico. The film had an estimated production budget of $5.1 million and was one of the first productions to take advantage of New Mexico's Film Investment Program, which gave them a $4.7 million interest-free loan. The movie was originally going to be titled "Black Point" after the small desert town where the story takes place. Film locations included both Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lead star Val Kilmer, who's been living on a ranch in the Pesos area for over 20 years, told the media that he and cast members would have dinner at Blackjack's in Las Vegas every night. Las Vegas, once dubbed the wildest of the Wild West towns, is no stranger to Hollywood. Moviemakers have used the town’s historic buildings and countryside as backdrops for over 47 films. By request, Sam graciously showed up at the town's bookstore, Tome on the Range, to sign copies of his latest book, "Great Dreams of Heaven: Stories".

 
Reviews

Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic:
"Blind Horizon" is the kind of movie actors at those stages of their careers make hoping for the best. It's a paycheck; the movie itself is dark and mysterious enough to play film festivals but mainstream enough that it might be able to pop up in theaters during an otherwise slow week. When push comes to shove, it's neither clever nor grandiose enough to be much bigger than direct to video.

David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews:
Despite the presence of such familiar faces, it's easy enough to see why "Blind Horizon" never made it to theaters. Though the film features an intriguing premise and some interesting ideas, the screenplay doesn't really give the characters a whole lot to do; as a result, the majority of the film's midsection is devoted to Kilmer's character as he struggles to piece together his own identity.

Peter DeBruge, Austin Chronicle:
Whether it works for you depends entirely on how patiently you're willing to wait for the big moment when all of those loud, seemingly random visions fall into place to reveal the movie's so-called "twist." At best, "Blind Horizon" plays like a stale cross between "The Mexican" and "The Manchurian Candidate", although this seen-it-all-before setup valiantly tries to examine what responsibility means to a man who remembers nothing.